Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund (LA) Opens 2020 Grant Cycle

The Jewish Venture Philanthropy Fund 2020 grant cycle is now open. (Submission deadline: February 28) The Fund seeks to support the Jewish community in North America and Israel by searching out and supporting those unique ideas that are backed by passion and by leadership, with a plan to strengthen and positively impact our Jewish community.

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Fighting Antisemitism Is More Complicated Than You Think

American Jews are anxious. Antisemitism and Judeophobia, which didn’t used to be overriding concerns in the daily lives of Jewish Americans – and of Jewish leadership and organizations – now dominate the public communal discourse.

This piece doesn’t seek to explain the phenomenon of contemporary antisemitism, as others, like Deborah Lipstadt and Bari Weiss, have done that masterfully already. Nor will I weigh in on which manifestations of antisemitism are most alarming, whether from the right, left, or the Islamic world. Rather, as the president and CEO of the Jewish Funders Network, I am focusing on the Jewish philanthropic response to antisemitism and offering some guidance for funders on what to do, and most importantly, what not to do, based on what is effective versus what is not just ineffective, but destructive.
Based on our collective experience and on our critical observations of the field, we can distill a few principles that funders can follow.

Read the rest of this article below or on eJewish Philanthropy.

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Barry Finestone: Shifting Strategic Approaches

Season 2, Episode 1 of of What Gives? The Jewish philanthropy podcast from Jewish Funders Network.

Guest: Barry Finestone, president and CEO of the Jim Joseph Foundation

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Israeli Philanthropy: 10 Trends to Watch in 2020

The field of private philanthropy in Israel has undergone significant changes in recent years, becoming more sophisticated and more like business investment management. Using terms from the worlds of private banking, capital management and venture capital, such as social yield and due diligence, Israeli philanthropists today define themselves as social investors seeking to create sustainable change.

As the founding director of JFN-Israel, which since 2008 has been harnessing the power of Israeli philanthropists to create purpose-driven, sustainable social change through the power of networks, collaborations and knowledge sharing, I have a front-row seat to this exciting field. Here are the most important trends we expect to see in 2020.

Read the rest of this article below or on eJewish Philanthropy, where it was originally published.

Learn more about JFN-Israel here!

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Learn More About Philanthropy in Israel

This fall, at our second Israeli Philanthropy Conference in Tel Aviv (which we convened in partnership with in partnership with Tel Aviv University's Institute for Law and Philanthropy, the Forum of Foundations in Israel, and Committed to Give) , we shared some of the headlines from Spotlight on Israeli Philanthropy, a first-of-its kind study we commissioned about charitable giving in Israel.

Many of you have asked to see the full report, which is now available here

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Victorian Bushfires Jewish Relief Appeal

As you may be aware, the beautiful land of Australia is burning. The country is experiencing the most devastating bushfires in its history. So far, more than 10 million hectares of Australian land has been burned. At least 28 people have died and over 2,000 homes destroyed. It’s been estimated that around 1.25 billion animals have been killed across Australia to date. No superlatives are able to describe the magnitude of this disaster. The damage is incalculable and it’s affecting the entire country.

The Jewish Community of Australia, led by local JFN members and our partner organization, Australian Jewish Funders has organized an appeal to provide immediate help to the areas affected as well as long-term relief and reconstruction.

We would like to support our friends in Australia with their appeal, donations can be made via JFN, please contact either Nan Rossien at JFN or Tracie Olcha at AJF. 

Andrés 

Below is a letter from Tracie Olcha, CEO of Australian Jewish Funders (AJF). 

 

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The Decline and Fall of Every Revolution (Hanukkah 5780)

22 years ago, Mikhail Gorbachev found himself in a situation he never imagined he’d be in: broke.

This was the man who had led a world superpower, signed groundbreaking nuclear arms control agreements, and initiated a transformation of the Soviet Union that  eventually transformed it into a free market economy before collapsing its domination of Eastern Europe into an outbreak of freedom.

In 1997, however, he was on the brink of bankruptcy. In what must have been an excruciating decision, and one which brought him ridicule, he agreed to film a commercial for Pizza Hut.

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What Israel Can Learn from the Hasmoneans

The Forward, December 19, 2019.

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: Israel is locked in conflict over how to treat non-Jewish people living in the land. Stark divisions are growing between radically different visions of what being Jewish means. Tensions are rising as lines blur between religious and civil authority. And the nation’s relationship with the world’s dominant superpower grows both closer and more fraught.

Welcome to 100 BCE.

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Successful Leadership Transitions in the Jewish Community

We are in the midst of a major demographic shift in leadership in the Jewish community. By some counts, 75-90% of our leaders are turning over right now. And a CEO transition can be a time of great potential risk or reward for an organization. So what makes for a successful CEO transition? How can lay leaders ensure a smooth leadership succession process?

Leading Edge, an organization founded in 2014 to address the leadership pipeline challenges in the Jewish community, recently published six case studies that break down successful CEO transitions at American Jewish World Service, Bend the Arc, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, a JCC in the Midwest, Spertus, and Tufts Hillel.

Join Gali Cooks, President & CEO of Leading Edge, and Eben Harrell, Senior Editor at the Harvard Business Review and author of the case study series, for a conversation about the stories they unpacked and the lessons they learned from these case studies.

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Before the Next Recession, Philanthropy Needs to Redefine Efficiency

Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR), December 17, 2019.

In a crisis, short-term efficiency can be a shock amplifier. Long-term efficiency comes from building resilient institutions.

There will be another recession. Some economic indicators are already pointing in that direction, like the U.S. Treasury Bond yield curve. It may be mild or severe, and it may be sooner or later. But while we can’t predict the timing or severity, we can be certain that it’s coming. And so, we should be ready.

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